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Global COVID-19 Tracker – Updated as of August 12

This tracker provides data on global COVID-19 cases and deaths by country, region, and income-level. Additionally, the tracker reports current closure, economic, and health system policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic globally. This tracker will be updated as new data are available.

Headed Back to School: A Look at the Ongoing Effects of COVID-19 on Children’s Health and Well-Being

Emerging COVID-19 variants, like the Omicron subvariant BA.5 that has recently caused a surge in cases, may pose new risks to children and create challenges for the back-to-school season.
Children may also continue to face challenges due to the ongoing health, economic, and social consequences of the pandemic. This brief examines how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect children’s physical and mental health, considers what the findings mean for the upcoming back-to-school season, and explores recent policy responses.

A Look at the Economic Effects of the Pandemic for Children

Federal policymakers have taken several actions to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic on families and children by providing state fiscal relief, increased nutrition assistance, Medicaid funding, and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); however, some of this assistance has or will expire. This brief examines hardship across three metrics—difficulty paying for normal household expenses, food sufficiency, and uncertainty in paying for rent or mortgage payments for households with children and by income.

What are the Implications of Long COVID for Employment and Health Coverage?

Long COVID has been described as our “next national health disaster” and the “pandemic after the pandemic,” but we know little about how many people are affected, how long it will last for those affected, and how it could change employment and health coverage landscapes. This policy watch reviews what we know and outlines key questions to watch for regarding employment and coverage outcomes. We continue to follow the research on who is most at risk of long COVID and whether there are interventions that can reduce its incidence, length, or severity.

Update: The Number of People Not Up to Date on Vaccination in Counties with Elevated COVID-19 Community Levels is Growing

This post provides updated estimates the number of people who are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination living in counties designated by the CDC as being “high” or “medium” COVID-19 community levels. These are areas of elevated risk, with relatively high levels of new COVID-19 cases and strained hospital capacity. This analysis finds that the number of those not up to date on COVID-19 vaccination, and the most at risk for severe illness, living in areas of elevated risk has grown since early June 2022.

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